HJ/EDHerald Journal, Feb. 6, 2006

LP 'beauty shop' quarter hits right notes

By Lynda Jensen

Luck and harmony brought four women from Lester Prairie together in a quartet called the “Beauty Shop Quartet.”

The foursome make up a female version of a barber shop quartet, with several performances under their belts so far, sung acuppella, as qaurtets do.

Sonja Johnson, sings the melody or “lead,” blending harmonies with tenor Tracy Cedarstrom, baritone Heidi Stutelberg, and bass Ann Jorgenson.

They formed in the spring of 2005 under interesting circumstances.

It started out when Johnson started talking with Nancy Hyndman, formerly of Lester Prairie, about a singing group.

Hyndman was involved in Sweet Adeline singing groups at that time. “We aren’t a part of that,” Johnson noted.

However, the idea stuck about a beauty shop quartet, with Hyndman saying she would help Johnson get started.

Somehow exactly the right ladies with the right voice ranges found each other, nearly without any effort. “It was amazing,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to find (feminine) bases,” she added.

Hyndman, true to her word, was able to take part in one performance, at an Arts in the Park (or what is now called the Prairie Arts Council) performance. Then she left for Georgia.

From there, the four ladies have made 16 singing engagements at school and church events. Last week, they opened up the Bulldogs’ game with the Star Spangled Banner.

They practice once a week for a few hours.

What’s the hardest song so far? “Mr. Sandman,” Johnson said. “The ‘bum, bum, bums’ are hard.” “We end up laughing in the end.”

Sweet songs for Valentine’s Day

The Lester Prairie Beauty Shop Quartet will be singing valentines for Valentine’s Day, in conjunction with flowers ordered at the Winsted Flower Shop.

To take advantage of this service, those interested must call the flower shop to order flowers. There is an extra fee for the singing.

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